ONLINE COOKBOOK CLUBS
Connect with fellow cookbook lovers through monthly, online cookbook clubs. The only requirement for membership? Be a kindred collector. Let's cook along!
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ckbk.com is a subscription service offering unlimited access to the world’s best cookbooks online. Their group, #ckbkclub, is for cookbook fanatics and enthusiastic home cooks to come together and explore a rotating selection of cookbooks chosen from their site. It's also a place for lively discussion about cooking and the world of food at large. The subscription starts at $4.99 a month; they also offer a free plan with limited access to recipes.
EAT YOUR BOOKS COOKBOOK CLUB
Eat Your Books is the definitive community for cookbook lovers. Their website offers a place to keep track of your own collection, search recipes by ingredients, catch up on the latest cookbook news, and read reviews for thousands of books. The group is moderated by Jenny Hartin, and typically offers a main selection, alternate, online, baking, and vegetarian options—plenty to keep you busy each month. Most community interaction takes place on their Facebook group, including voting for future selections. Books are a good mix of new, beloved classics, and also offer options for those that prefer to find recipes online.
To participate: Join the Facebook group to post your photos and comments, or post to Instagram using hashtag #eybcc. Content posted to the Facebook Group my be reposted to the Eat Your Book Instagram feed or shared in Jenny’s monthly cookbook club roundup on the Eat Your Books blog. Check out Jenny's tips for participating in online cookbook clubs.
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January 2021 – Main: Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten or The Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma; Baking (it's pie month!): The Book on Pie by Erin McDowell, Pie Camp by Kate McDermott, Pie for Everyone by Petra Paredez, Pieometry by Lauren Ko, or The Pie Room by Calum Franklin; Online Option: Ina Garten or Nik Sharma online recipes; Plant-based: Any of over 40,000 online vegan recipes indexed on Eat Your Books.
February 2021 – Main: Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple by Jacques Pépin; Baking: Snacking Cakes by Yossy Arefi; Online Option: Any Donna Hay online recipe; Plant-based: Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen
March 2021 – Main: This Will Make It Taste Good by Vivian Howard; Baking: Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz; Online Option: Great British Chefs online recipes; Plant-based: Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen by Richa Hingle
April 2021 – Main: Cook with Me by Alex Guarnaschelli; Baking: The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion or any online King Arthur recipes; Online Option: Annabel Langbein online recipes; Plant-Based: Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
May 2021 – Main: Simply Julia by Julia Turshen or Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson; Baking Option: Sweet by Ottolenghi and Helen Goh or BraveTart by Stella Parks; Online Option: Any online recipe of Stella Parks, Helen Goh, Nigella or Deborah Madison; Plant-Based: Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
FOOD52 COOKBOOK CLUB
Food52 has become the go-to source for all things food and cooking. Their website contains thousands of recipes, competitions, a home goods shop, plus they are cookbook creators themselves! Monthly selections are voted on by members through their Facebook group. Two books are offered monthly: a monthly main selection and a secondary annual “Bonus Book” for members to cook through all year long. Bonus book selections have trended toward the seasonal (2018’s book is Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden, 2019’s book is Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Goin and Teri Gelber, 2020's books are The Modern Cook's Year and Cooking with Scraps).
January 2021 – Ottolenghi Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage
February 2021 – Celebrate the club's anniversary by cooking from any book covered in the past
March 2021 – I Cook in Color by Asha Gomez
April 2021 – Bestia: Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A. by Ori Menashe
May 2021 – Mister Jiu's in Chinatown by Brandon Jew and Tienlon Ho
2021 Bonus Book – The Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma
FOOD52 BAKING CLUB
In response to enthusiastic interest within the Food52 cookbook club group, the Food52 Baking Club was born—offering a sweet selection to cook from each month. Books are voted on by members and tend to be newer releases, with an annual “Bonus Book” for members to cook through all year long.
January 2021 – Black Girl Baking by Jerrelle Guy
February 2021 – Celebrate the club's anniversary by cooking from any book covered in the past
March 2021 – A Good Bake by Melissa Weller
April 2021 – Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz
May 2021 – Baking at the 20th Century Cafe by Michelle Polzine
2021 Bonus Book – Pâtisserie at Home by Melanie Dupuis
FORGOTTEN RECIPES COOKBOOK CLUB
Claudia Prieto-Piastro is a Mexican food anthropologist living in London. Her cookbook club focuses on recovering recipes, books, authors and cuisines that have been forgotten by social media because they do not have pictures or enough marketing. Every month there is a “theme” rather than one book.
↠ 2020 & 2021 Themes ↞
July: I wish I was there
August: Let’s go green
September: Domestic Goddesses
October: Books published in 2020 ( the year we want to forget)
November: All American
December: "Indulging" theme inspired by Nigella Lawson's essay on guilty-pleasures
January 2021: On a budget
February 2021: Middle East and North Africa recipes written by Middle Eastern or North African female authors
March 2021: Travel from your kitchen
April 2021: Feeding friends and family
May 2021: Cook from books by Diana Henry Meera Sodha (such as East) for the 1 year anniversary celebration
GET COOKING COOKBOOK CLUB
An Instagram-based cookbook club moderated by cookbook fan Bebe Black Carminito (freelance food stylist and recipe developer). This year's books feature women authors and cuisines from around the world. The club typically has a monthly challenge with a variety of recipe options.
January 2021 – Eating Out Loud by Eden Grinshpan
February 2021 – Old World Italian by Mimi Thorisson
March 2021 – The Honeysuckle Cookbook by Dzung Lewis
January – March 2021 Baking Book – Snacking Cakes by Yossy Arefi
April 2021 – Any book from 2020
May 2021 – In Bibi's Kitchen by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen
June 2021 – Coconut & Sambal by Lara Lee
July 2021 – Aloha Kitchen by Alana Kysar
May – July 2021 Baking Book - Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz
↠ MAY 2021 ↞
↠ MAY & JUNE BAKING BOOK ↞
KITCHN COOKBOOK CLUB
The kitchn is a long-running website covering all manner of topics relating to the kitchen—recipes, product reviews, cooking tips and more. The club is in its first year and has been cooking from a range of modern classics like Salt Fat Acid Heat, Indian-ish and more.
January 2021 – Falastin by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley
February 2021 – The Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma
March 2021 – The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins
April 2021 – East by Meera Sodha
Mary 2021 – Parwana by Durkhanai Ayubi
↠ MAY 2021 ↞
RAINY DAY BITES COOKBOOK CLUB
Created and led by Deborah Balint (editor at The Feed Feed), the Rainy Day Bites Cookbook Club earns the distinction of being the longest running Instagram-based cookbook club. Selections are typically recent releases and sometimes include baking or dessert titles. Deborah actively cooks from the book herself and has amassed a very active community of participants. Twice monthly challenges are announced at the beginning of the month where participants all cook the same recipe, and post on a pre-determined day.
To participate: The community interacts on Instagram. Post using hashtag #rainydaybitescookbookclub and tag @rainydaybites. To participate in the two monthly challenges check out the @rainydaybites account and find details in the first post of the month.
January 2021 – Simply by Sabrina Ghayour
February 2021 – East by Meera Sodha
Jan & Feb Baking Book – Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz
March 2021 – In Bibi's Kitchen by Hawa Hassan
April 2021 – Parwana by Durkhanai Ayubi
Mar & Apr Baking Book – The Book on Pie by Erin Jeanne McDowell
May 2021 – Oaxaca by Bricia Lopez and Javiar Cabral
June 2021 – Bitter Honey by Letitia Clark
May & June Baking Book – Zoë Bakes Cakes by Zoë François
SALT + SPINE COOKBOOK CLUB
To participate: Post to Instagram using hashtag #talkcookbooks and also tag @saltandspine. Sign up for the monthly dinner party through @civickitchensf. Find details on the Salt + Spine cookbook club page.
January 2021 – Heirloom Kitchen by Anna Francese Gass
February 2021 – Pieometry by Lauren Ko
March 2021 – Simply Julia by Julia Turshen (This is the featured book for our spring Omnivore box)
April 2021 – Jew-ish by Jake Cohen
May 2021 – TBA
↠ APR 2021 ↞
SAVEUR COOKBOOK CLUB
Saveur Magazine has been a respected reference of regional and global cuisines for decades, offering an intimate look at cooking around the world. Their cookbook club is led by three editors (associate digital editor Katherine Whittaker, senior associate editor Alex Testere, and test kitchen manager Kat Craddock) who each take turns selecting the monthly cookbook and moderating the group. Selections are widely varied with titles old and new, representing many international cuisines.
To participate: Most participation happens on Facebook. Join the Saveur Cookbook Club Facebook group to post photos and comments, or post to Instagram using hashtag #saveurmagazinecookbookclub. Keep up to date on the current and past selection on Saveur's cookbook club page.
December 2020/January 2021 – Pie For Everyone by Petra "Petee” Paredez
February 2021/March 2021 – In Bibi's Kitchen by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen
April 2021/May 2021 – Please to the Table by Anya Von Bremzen an John Welchman
STAINED PAGE NEWS COOKBOOK CLUB
Paula Forbes has been sharing cookbook industry news through the Stained Page News newsletter for years. She's launching a cookbook club to celebrate cult cookbooks starting with Simple French Food, the beloved cookbook authored by Richard Olney.
To participate: Find out more here.
January – February 2021 – Simple French Food by Richard Olney
March – April 2021 – The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden
May – June 2021 – TBA
TASTING TABLE COOKBOOK CLUB
Tasting Table is a website and newsletter for “epicurean obsessives” covering all aspects of culinary interest—food news, restaurant reviews, recipes, and cookbook club. Selections tend to be fairly contemporary with the occasional classic thrown in. Each month offers one group pick and one moderator pick; members vote on titles twice a year.
January 2021 – Cravings or Cravings 2 or any past Tasting Table cookbook club selection.
February 2021 – Quick and Simple by Jacques Pepin or 7 Ways by Jaime Oliver
March 2021 – The Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma or Double Happiness by Trevor Lui
April 2021 – Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan or Simply Julia by Julia Turshen
May 2021 – Milk Street Cookish by Christopher Kimball or Milk Street Tuesday Nights Mediterranean by Christopher Kimball
June 2021 – Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi or The Pepper Thai Cookbook by Pepper Teigan